September 1, 2008


Philippines to launch massive vaccination against swine disease


The Philippine Department of Agriculture on Friday (August 29) said it will earmark a P30 million fund for a massive vaccination programme against the outbreak of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PPRS) and other emerging swine diseases in Central Luzon.

The fund also aims to provide feed subsidies to complement an ongoing stock dispersal programme to help the sector recover from a growth slump in the first semester.

The livestock subsector contracted 3.33 percent in the first semester of 2008, with hog production declining by 4.33 percent during the period owing to an outbreak of swine in Central Luzon.

Bureau of Animal Industry Director Davinio Catbagan said the subsidy for the hog industry will be carried out in Central Luzon and Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) to assist backyard raisers obtain healthy piglets and their required animal feeds.

The DA will also include in its rehabilitation package for the livestock sector animal health programmes and laboratory services, Catbagan said.

The existing stock dispersal programme will go full blast next month, Catbagan said.

The feed subsidy programme aims to grow hogs by at least an additional 10 kilograms to 15 kilograms to increase output from the national average of only 77 kilograms.

As part of measures to assist the hog growers, BAI and the National Meat Inspection Service will finalize plans to complement the meat inspection laboratories set up in General Santos City and Polomolok in South Cotabato.

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